Within one of my traditions are a group of Old Ones that have agreed to work with human animals for specific purposes, as we like to say: they guard, witness, and join. Who these Beings are is debatable and there are several juicy origin myths for them. One story identifies them with the Nephilim of Genesis (when the sons of God mated with the daughters of men), while another story I’ve heard identifies them with the Fomoire of Irish mythology. They are viewed as Celestial by some, Animal by others, and powerful Old Ones by all. Certainly, they are not to be trifled with. The saying, “when you look into the abyss the abyss looks back”, applies here.
It is often said then when one is called to this path it is the Guardians who instruct them. This notion of Guardian as teacher, as mentor, and as protector is on my mind as regards women. :screech: (that is the sound of the vehicle changing directions)
In women’s psychology there is a developmental stage between the ages of 42-49 when we are moving into midlife transition. Dr. Joan Borysenko has dubbed a key component of this transition, the “birth of the Guardian”. She is referring to the beginning stages of what sociologist Paul Ray termed the Cultural Creative. Midlife is a time when many women who have accomplished personal healing work and have reached a level of emotional maturity enter their second pubescence full of new energy. The midlife woman’s intuition is increasing, she tolerates less BS, keenly perceives injustice and is willing to speak truth to power, calling people and institutions to their higher and best expressions. As she continues to develop a larger social, political, and spiritual perspective throughout her forties and fifties, she is prepared to become a visionary with the heart and GUTS to create change.
Ray identified three major worldviews within American society: Traditionalist, Modernists, and Cultural Creatives. The emergent CC social group identifies feminine values as core, and are “seriously concerned” with psychology, spiritual life, self-actualization, self-expression; are socially concerned; advocate “women’s issues”; are strong advocates of sustainability. Women who have moved into and through midlife transition by stepping into the Guardian role often find themselves in their fifties and sixties in the company of Cultural Creatives.
These powerful Old Ones are mentors to young women, a strong voice for the feminine values of relationality, and are inspiring forces for change. It is with the emergence of the CC worldview that women’s values are gradually beginning to shift the zeitgeist in the US. Of course, there is a backlash occurring and many of those values are under heavy assault. This is a time when we truly need our Guardians, both human and celestial, to stand, guard, and join.
It is yet another time in the history of women that we must call on our Mothers and Grandmothers, our Guardians and our Guides, our Beloved and our Mighty. It is time for each of us to step fully into our own Power, learn our unique Voice, and Use It. The world needs the gifts we all have to offer, the skills we have learned as witches, and those etched into our bone from before Time. It’s past dallying…. no more talking, it’s time for action.
(she exits her soap box gracefully)
Ray, P.H. (1996). “The Rise of Integral Culture,” Noetic Sciences Review (Spring 1996): pp. 4-15.
Borysenko, J. (1996). A Woman’s Book of Life; The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle. New York, Riverhead Books.